Customs seize gold worth Rs 1.99 crore from airport

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Mumbai: The Customs officials at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) seized gold worth Rs 1.99 crore from the two rear toilets of a Jet Airways flight early on Saturday morning.According to Customs officials, around eight kgs of gold was stuck to the underside of the wastebin flapper in flight 9W 539 from Muscat to Mumbai

In Mumbai, there were at least four instances of airport-related employees being caught by Customs since February 11 – the first such catch this year – when a ground handling firm employee was nabbed for acting as a carrier for gold worth Rs 1.5 crore. Since then, a flight attendant was caught trying to smuggle gold and diamonds worth Rs 1.06 crore; two employees of a flight catering service was arrested as they were attempting a series of gold retrievals from four flights worth Rs 1.6 crore; and a senior executive from a ground handling firm was detained when he tried to trying to receive gold worth Rs 1.03 crore from a passenger.

Since January, Customs has seized 250kgs of gold at Mumbai airport.

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